Koshukai 2013 Instructors

The final slate of Master Instructors is still being formed at this time and will be updated periodically. Refer back to our site for updates regarding the Koshukai instructors.

Master Instructors

Master Kiyohide Shinjo

Grand Master Kiyohide Shinjo

9th Degree Black Belt

A nine-time all-Okinawa kata and kumite champion, and a master (9th dan) of Uechi Ryu karate. Master Shinjo's unparalleled success in Okinawan karate competition earned him the nickname "Okinawa's Superman". Kiyohide Shinjo is the son and student of Seiyu Shinjo. Shinjo earned his shodan at his father's school at age 16. After his father's death in 1979, Shinjo retired undefeated from karate competition and founded the Kenyukai fraternity within the Uechi Ryu Association. "Ken" means "fist", "yu" is derived from Seiyu Shinjo's name, and "kai" means "group", so "Kenyukai" means "Seiyu Shinjo's strong fist group".

Master Narihrio Shinjo

Master Narihrio Shinjo

7th Degree Black Belt

A world karate champion, Master Shinjo combines international teaching experience with his passion for kobudo and Okinawan healing methods to create a well rounded, highly sought after Master Instructor. Like his older brother, Kiyohide Shinjo, he too carries the legacy left by his father, to teach and promote traditional Uechi Ryu karate and encourage maximum effort from students.

Master Yoshimitsu Matsusaki

Master Yoshimitsu Matsusaki

7th Degree Black Belt

Master Matsusaki has been studying karate since 1971. He won the all Kyushu University group kumite tournament and Uechi ryu karate kurmite tournament as well as placing second in the All Okinawan karate kumite tournament. He has his own dojo in the Okinawan Prefecture Police Department where he is a senior official. In April 2011, he was appointed chairman of the Okinawa Prefecture Karate Federation.

Master James Thompson

Master James Thompson

9th Degree Black Belt

Sensei Thompson has had over 45 years experience in the martial arts and currently holds the rank of Kyoshi Hachidan, Eighth Degree Black Belt. He has received his Master Instructor certificate from the Grand Master of the system, Kanei Uechi. Not only has Sensei Thompson become proficient in Uechi Ryu Karate, he has also trained in Okinawan Kobudo, Aikido, Judo, Tang Soo Do, and other Asian martial arts. Sensei Thompson began his training in the Army when he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He served four tours of duty in Special Forces in Vietnam and taught hand-to-hand combat and survival techniques to Green Berets in the 1960's and 1970's. Mr. Thompson has spent 10 years in Okinawa, which exposed him to some of the best martial artists in the world today. He has also been involved in anti- terrorist training and other government special operations units.

Master Alan Dollar

Master Alan Dollar

8th Degree Black Belt

July 5th 2013 Update - It is with regrets that Kyoshi Alan Dollar will not be attending Koshukai 2013 due to personal and family reasons. His presence will certainly be missed and he extends his best wishes to everyone for a healthy and energetic training and social experience in Austin. Be assured that while we will miss Alan, our teaching staff remains strong and we will work all the harder to put on a great event to make Alan proud.

Kyoshi Alan Dollar is the only remaining student of Master Seiyu Shinjo outside of Okinawa. His method of teaching the Kenyukai system is a result of living in Okinawa twice, coupled with the experience of teaching Uechi Ryu Karate around the world. Kyoshi Dollar is the Senior Advisor to the World Kenyukai Association.

Master Ric Martin

Master Ric Martin

8th Degree Black Belt

Master Ric Martin is the founder and owner of Authentic Martial Arts with two dojo locations: Largo and Seminole Florida. He was the first American to win the World Championship in Okinawa, Japan by winning The All Okinawan Karate Championship Series on December 11, 1994. Additionally, Master Martin has more top four finishes than any other American competitor in history in the same event, and holds the record for having the longest competitive career as well - thirteen years.

Master John Spencer

Master John Spencer

8th Degree Black Belt

Master Spencer started studying Uechi Ryu in September 1963, under Sensei George Mattson. He started teaching in 1968 and has been operating a dojo continuously since.

Master Jim Foley

Master Jim Foley

7th Degree Black Belt

Sensei Foley began training in 1973 under the tutelage of Lawrence Jennings, a student of Seiyu Shinjo. He travelled to Okinawa in 1982 and during that visit made contact with Master Kiyohide Shinjo and trained with him several times a week and daily with Grand Master Kanei Uechi. He has trained with Master Shinjo and other Okinawan Masters countless times at events in the US and during many visits to Okinawa and was promoted to his current rank in 2009.

Master Mike Nazar

Master Mike Nazar

7th Degree Black Belt

Sensei Nazar has been training in karate for over 35 years and has enjoyed competing in karate tournaments in the US and Okinawa over the course of his career. He held three National Grand Championship titles in Kata and Kumite in the United States. Sensei Nazar brings an enthusiastic and spirited attitude to his karate training, and has a firm belief that karate training, while serious, hardworking, and a dedicated endeavor, should be fun and promote personal growth and leadership. He is an ambassodor of the karate spirit and is honored to be Director of the North America Kenyukai Association and a strong supporter and leader of this event.

Master Manuel deSa

Master Manuel deSa

6th Degree Black Belt

Sensei deSa began studying Karate while attending the University of Alberta. In 2008, he asked and was accepted as a student of Grand Master Kiyohide Shinjo of Okinawa, Japan. He has an excellent knowledge of Uechi-Ryu karate, gained from regular practice and trips to workshops and competitions around the world.